7/9/21 Recommended Issues: Agency for Kids, Climate Blame Game, Common Sense
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Here's what's worth reading this week...and keep reading for an exciting update!
AGENCY AND KIDS
This issue really wants you to think about how our society has been changing over time to reduce the amount of agency and impact that kids are able to have. Simon pushes you to ponder the impact of this decline, why it’s happening, who may still be able to skirt it, and how we might re-work the system as a whole. It’s a fascinating read, replete with some fun, elucidating tidbits (ex: did you know Steve Jobs called Bill Hewlett when he was 13 to get a summer job at HP?!...forbidden in today’s era), and you’ll certainly walk away with new perspectives that will nag on your brain... (1454 words; 5.5 minutes) Read it...
CLIMATE CHANGE BLAME GAME
Mike’s writing may be polarizing (fair warning)...In this issue, he highlights policies by politicians (both enacted or dismantled) that give readers better insight into why “climate change” is having the disastrous impact it’s having. He argues that many of the negative outcomes we’re experiencing right now related to climate change (blackouts, excess deaths because of heat, wildfires, etc) are actually exacerbated by poor policies, not helped -- and that the US could be in a much different place if leadership acted based on facts and data. Mike holds no punches and is highly opinionated (and to some may come off as offensive), but there’s no doubt this is an eye-opening read. Here’s a one-line zinger: “Climate change is just the excuse Democratic leaders use when their policies fail, which happens chronically, while Republicans refuse to even admit the world is warming, thus ceding the entire rational ground in this conversation to irrational actors.” (2214 words; 8 minutes) Read it...
NEWSLETTER HIGHLIGHT: COMMON SENSE WITH BARI WEISS
We wanted to share the latest feature we've been working on at narrowSCALE: discovering what's trending in newsletters!
This week* over 7000 issues came in...and here is what our analysis shows:
(Click on any of the terms to learn more about them and read newsletter issues they're in.)
Newly Emerging Terms
Elsa (218) … the tropical storm, not Frozen
REvil (131) … hacking group
Kaseya (130) ...company whose customers were hacked
Rumsfeld (126) … Donald Rumsfeld
Biggest Increase in Usage from Previous Week
Weisselberg (up 197%) … Trump organization CFO
Cosby (up 182%) … Yep, Bill Cosby
Robinhood (up 150%) ... the investment company
Fireworks (up 119%) ...t’was the 4th of July
NIL (up 106%) ...as in Name, Image, Likeness
Richardson (up 89%) ...Sha'carri Richardson
Most Used Terms
Note that these "Most Used" terms tend to be used very broadly, in lots of contexts... vs. the other "Emerging" and "Biggest Usage Increase" terms which are, as you can tell, quite narrow and likely more meaningful/interesting.
*Since we're testing this new trending feature out, the data above is from the week leading up to Wednesday June 7th; in the future it will be more "real time"!
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Also -- just a heads up -- our lead researcher/writer (me) is headed out on maternity leave soon so we will be experimenting with some different types of content for the newsletter that aren't quite as time-intensive (but hopefully still as valuable and interesting!)...like the above, newly emerging and trending topics, as well as highlighting some specifically-themed newsletters. Stay tuned and thanks for reading with us!